A Bit About Orbost
“A traveller passing through this “City on the Snowy River” would say that it is a very small township indeed, as it is impossible to see beyond the main street on account of the bush and young trees in the cross streets and all vacant lots. After a few days and a look around a visitor finds that it is a fair sized and good business township. As you approach, you pass the butter factory, where thousands of gallons of milk are put through daily.
A little further and Bomford's Club Hotel is before you. This is a two storey brick building, and is well known for its first class accommodation and consequently well patronised by the travelling public. At the other end of the town Dickson's Commonwealth Hotel does a good business, and is also a well known hostelry. Some fine places of business have been erected in the main street during the last few years, two of the most noticeable being C. Drevermann's and Saunders and Co. The Post Office, a handsome wood building, occupies a central situation, opposite the general store of Mr. G Temple. The roadway in the main street is rough and unformed and the growth of young trees in the side streets appears strange to a visitor. Some beautiful private residences may be seen here, and the demand for cottages far exceeds the supply. Building sites in the main street run from three to five pounds per foot.
The river flats are spoken over as the best land in Victoria, and this report is fully justified by the appearance of the maize crops, despite the long dry spell of dry weather. You can drive for miles along the banks of the Snowy River and admire the rich flats, well stocked with dairy herds, fat bullocks and horses, and dotted with the handsome and comfortable residences of the fortunate owners. Roads lead from here to Club Terrace, Bendoc, Bonang and on into New South Wales via Delegate and Bombala.”
First published in the Delegate Argus and Border Post Saturday 10 March 1906 – Page 10.
Not much has changed by 2016.
The Old Club Hotel